Section Editors

  • James Chou, Harvard Medical School
  • Jianping Ding, Shanghai Institutes of Biological Sciences
  • Jean-Luc Pellequer, CEA Marcoule
  • Paul A Ramsland, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health

Executive Editor

  • Catherine Potenski, BioMed Central


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    ß-clamp structure from an extremophile

    The crystal structure of the DNA polymerase III beta subunit from Deinococcus radiodurans sheds light on the mechanisms of efficient DNA metabolism that enable this bacterium to survive high doses of radiation.

    BMC Structural Biology 2015, 15:5
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    Leishmania enzyme structure

    The crystal structure of nucleoside diphosphate kinase from the parasite L. braziliensis provides reveals a partially unfolded C-terminus that could serve as a potential target for drug therapies.

    BMC Structural Biology 2015, 15:2
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    Chromatin modification and lysine context

    Molecular modeling of the recognition and modification of histones by the oncogenic NSD class of histone methyl transferases sheds light on the dynamics of these interactions, potentially aiding the design of inhibitors for chemotherapies.

    BMC Structural Biology 2014, 14:25
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    Antibiotic resistance in E. coli

    The structure of polymyxin B resistance protein D from E. coli reveals distinct features differing from those of closely related species that may help determine its mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.

    BMC Structural Biology 2014, 14:24
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    Bacterial pyruvate decarboxylase structure

    The Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus enzyme responsible for breaking down pyruvate into acetaldehyde and carbon dioxide, an important intermediate step in the production of ethanol, is structurally similar to pyruvate decarboxylases from other bacterial species.

    BMC Structural Biology 2014, 14:21


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Section Editor's profile

Dr Ramsland

Dr Ramsland is currently the Sir Zelman Cowen Fellow and a Group Leader in the Centre for Immunology at the Burnet Institute (Melbourne, Australia). His research examines the diverse structural roles of carbohydrates and glycoproteins in immunity and infection (Structural Glycobiology) using crystallography, computational modelling, automated docking and solution scattering techniques. He has over 90 scientific publications including primary research papers, reviews/chapters and has recently co-edited a book on Structural Glycobiology.

"Together with Dr Cy Jeffries, Deputy Section Editor, I am pleased to be involved in guiding the development of the Small-Angle Scattering section of BMC Structural Biology. This new section incorporates all aspects of the structural analysis of biological macromolecules using techniques in small-angle scattering including but not limited to: studies incorporating substantial analysis by small-angle X-ray scattering and/or neutron scattering."

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